Whoops. Stolen from a friend’s FB feed, seems a USAR operated LCU-2000 landing craft suffered a grounding in Alaska.
A U.S. Army Reserve landing craft hit a rock just south of Kodiak Island late Friday and was then beached on a small strip of land, where it leaked fuel Saturday, according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard estimates the 174-foot Monterrey has leaked more than 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel into Chiniak Bay.
It hit Humpback Rock about 10:15 p.m. Friday and began taking on water. Two crewmen out of the 17 onboard suffered minor injuries in the collision with the rock, and a Coast Guard helicopter and two good Samaritan boats in the area arrived soon after to help. The Monterrey crew piloted the vessel onto tiny Puffin Island so it wouldn’t sink, the Coast Guard said.
The Monterrey, a landing craft with the 481st Transportation Company located in Vallejo, Calif., was taking supplies and heavy equipment from Port Hueneme, Calif., to Bethel for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Fortunately, looks like no serious injuries. And I’m optimistic they can repair the vessel. The Army doesn’t have a heck of a lot of LCU’s anymore, and they tend to keep them pretty busy.
Craig talked briefly about the Army’s various watercraft in an earlier post. I toured one while serving as a recruiter in Indiana (they tied up at Benton Harbor specifically so we could bring prospects to visit her). Not much more capacity that earlier LCUs, but far more habitable. Quite comfy, actually.